Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Mirror Pond Pale AleMirror Pond Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,270 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 487 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 5.0%
IBUs: 40

170 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 3,270 | Reviews: 916
Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

To be honest, this is a pretty good beer. For me, this is a porch sipper. It'll do well for bbqs, firesides, and boating trips. It's better than anything you'll get from the big name brands and it's just as smooth, add in the fact that it has better ingredients and was perfected by people who seem to have mastered their trade and you've got a better beer to hang out with than the competition "porch sippers." The flavor is a little lacking, so I wouldn't consider it something i would celebrate with or look for on an extensive menu, but it's a good six pack to have in the fridge for the end of the day when you're not looking so much for flavor, but for refreshment and a reprieve (the ABV'll get ya there). All-in-all, good beer, my friends. Deschutes gave us another gift with this one.

Photo of mirth23
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty golden amber color. Good head retention.

S: One of the best smelling beers there is. Zesty citrus kick with malty undertones. I could spend a while just sniffing this beer.

T: Deep flavor that demands repeated sips. Starts with hints of tangerine and spruce and wanders into orange cordials and ends with some lingering vaguely dark hoppy notes. Nice fizz. There's a bit more hops and malt than most pale ales, but the balance is so perfect that neither feels overwhelming.

M: Really quite pleasant, a touch of crispness. A tiny bit sticky on the back end.

This might fall slightly outside of typical pale ales because of the big flavor, but it's a fantastic beer. Definitely a worthwhile go-to.

Photo of Kuaff
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About cellar temperature, in a pint glass.

It pours a moderately hazy, glowing, golden orange with about two fingers of a poofy white head. A pretty beer.

No overwhelming aroma here, but what's there is pretty nice. Hints of lemon or orange zest, honey, and a bit of bready malt.

Delightful flavors of citrus, honey, and lightly piney hops are initially in control, with a crisp, dry, malty aftertaste of biscuits and bread taking over in the finish. Some dank hops loiter around as well. Very well done.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied. More substantial than one would expect from a "light" style.

Few standard 5% strength beers pack this much flavor. Well-balanced, too.

Photo of mpipe
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Amber good lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Citrus hop and fruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: On the tongue this beer is slightly sweet, crisp, citrus hop flavor with no bitterness, piney, or resin flavors.This is good, but not great. Didn't have the finish I expected.

Final Word: Friend recommended and I was a little disappointed. It was good, but didn't stack up compared to others. In fairness, this was close to getting pulled based on brewdate. I wasn't impressed, but would easily pick this over any macro swill.

Photo of MisSigsFan
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Smell is of sweet bready malts and grassy/earthy hops. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Just a little bitter. The malt seems to cover up the bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, good for a pale ale. A nice summer beer. Nothing incredible here, just a good APA.

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear, bubbly amber. Beautiful lacing down the length of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, toasty malts with a subtle, clean, citrus hop aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: On the tongue this beer presents a very subtle, slightly sweet, crisp, citrus hop flavor with no characters of strong bitterness, piney, or resin flavors. Mouthfeel is quite tingly and lively. It finishes clean, with a blossoming flavor of nutty/biscuity malts slowly becoming fully present on the back of the tongue. While the finish has a strong malt character, it isn’t necessarily “malty” in that it is still balanced by the clean, sweet hop flavor. The strength of this beer is in its balance, and let me say that it’s one of the best balanced beers I’ve ever had! The hops are present enough throughout the beer to keep the rich, full malt flavors from ever being overwhelming, but they NEVER reach the point of overwhelming the beer with bitterness or strong citrus. The hops here help keep the palate clean without trying to muscle their way to the front of the flavor profile.

Final Word: Highly recommended beer for practically any purpose! This is just as enjoyable at a great beer pub as it is as a take home six pack. Phenomenally well balanced and well rounded! Full flavor with a gentle ABV.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dull orange color that is mostly clear and see through. not much head and no lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts and pine dominate the nose. I get some faint hints of citrus on the back end.

F- ooh this is tasty. the hops come through with pine and citrus that have a nice complement to each other. the alcohol itself comes through on the back end as well.

M- light bodied, crisp and smooth all the way around. the hops linger in the mouth just long enough and the malts finish it off.

O- a great pale ale. A top 15 beer and a top 7 pale ale. worth a case.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Golden amber color, 2F fluffy off-white head. Clear, lightly carbonated. Nice rings of lacing.

S-Light bready malts. The "hop nose" is hard to find.

T-Mild caramel malts, not sweet. Some hops.

M- Silky smooth medium body. Hop tang that goes to the end.

O- It improved as it warmed, the flavors and aromas were hidden by the chill, perhaps.

Photo of zimm421
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a deep amber color with hints of orange throughout. The head is off-white, very fluffy and sticks around for a while, leaving lacing as it dissipates.

The nose is caramel, bread, pine and citrus. There is a good balance here, but the malts are slightly forward for me. This is also a little subdued on the aroma. The taste is very balanced, with lots of good maltiness in the middle (again the caramel and breadiness). The front and back-end are balanced out nicely with the citrus and pine. The pine is more present in the finish than the citrus, but all around, fairly decent.

The mouthfeel is just where it should be: medium bodied, average levels of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good pale ale. It is drinkable, refreshing, very well balanced and keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- medium straw. Thick medium head.

Aroma- sweet and mellow with citrus hints of sweet malt.

Taste- Like a hoppy lager. Light, good for after mowing the lawn. Starts with a tinge of lager then gets mildly hoppy and finishes with a pleasant mild hoppiness. Maybe my bottle was not fresh?

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 7/7/2013.

Photo of zeledonia
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Elmer's in northeast Portland, 3 June 2014.

Pours clear medium orange. Bright and vibrant. One finger of off-white head, excellent retention, leaves gorgeous terraces of lacing on the glass as I drink it.

Smell is clean and brightly hopped. In the new world of mega-dry-hopped pale ales, this stands out for its balance - it's just really well put together. Light piney hops, just a tingle. Excellent.

Taste is clean and crisp. Spicy hop bite, tingly but not overly bitter, though it leans that way in the finish, sort of citrus rind-y.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-light body, tingly prickly carbonation, lasting medium-long to allow the hops to come out and play for a bit.

An excellent, really well-balanced APA. There's a reason this one's a classic. Clean, refreshing, and delicious.

Photo of TongTong
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber, with solid head of fine white foam. Lace is good, though not showy nor spectacular.

Nose is subtle. I get toasty malts up front, with a mild hoppy citrus note.

Taste echoes this maltiness. More toasty malts and a tangy citrus-pine hop character near the finish. A great and balanced session brew, and simply an exemplary, classic pale ale.

Photo of raznug
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer pours a dark golden color and is topped with 1” of off white head that leaves to a thin layer.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is grass and pine hops with maybe a bit of grapefruit in the background.
Taste: The flavor of this Oregon beer is a delicious blend of malt and hops that make for a rather tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied pale ale that allows the flavors to cling to palate nicely.

Photo of PBIU
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why oh why did I wait this long to buy a 5 gallon of Mirror Pond for the home kegerator?

Just a super balanced and flavorful pale ale.

Appearance is a nice bright honey orange. Great carb.

Smell is grassy with those Cascade hops and biscuity. It is one of those beers that just smells balanced (which I think is a rare thing.)

Taste is a tinge of hops on the front of the tongue and then the malt comes in with a biscuity finish. Then you get a nice dry finish that makes you want to come back.

Mouthfeel is creamy with this being on draft. Right where it should be with a pale ale.

Overall just a great example of the style. It does get knocked for not being too hop forward in this day and age, but keeping in mind this recipe is from 1988, Deschutes was ahead of their time.

Fill glass, drink beer, rinse glass and repeat.

Cheers!

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some honey + golden orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness followed by slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of citrus/grapefruit and herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades almost immediately.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Very enjoyable and extremely easy to drink, I would even go as far as to say that this is sessionable. Very nice balance between the malts and hops with both being allowed to showcase their aromas/flavors.

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a coppery amber color with a sudsy white bubble top. Lacing is good. Lots and lots of light passes through.

Pine and citrus hops and a fresh earthy character. Orange-y with notes of grapefruit and lemon pith. Malts lean toward European, but the hops are American made. Good grain balance with very mild toastiness.

Crispy and bright, with lots of carbonation up-front, featuring minty citrus hops, tailing pine, and sturdy pale malt balancing out the backend. Almost spicy in the middle leading questions as to what the grain composition really is, because it almost has a gentle rye note. Absolutely solid pale.

Luscious mouthfeel with that good hop burn waiting for you in the finish. Complements the carbonation nicely, which wavers in and out, but shows signs of being really bushy-tailed.

Photo of Foyle
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2"+ fluffy off white head leaves significant lacing. Orange-copper in color and a little cloudy with moderate carbonation visible.
Aroma: wonderful smelling brew. There is a grassy aroma along with citrus and pine hops, caramel sweetness from the roasted barley,
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, fluffy ale mouthfeel with a somewhat wet finish. Flavor: a delicious combination of flavor. Malt leads the way with caramel, toffee, toasted bread flavors. The hop backbone then shows up with citrus and piney spice ’burn’ in the finish.
Overall: this is an outstanding, delicious, drinkable brew.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark orange/light red. The head is thin and only leaves a slight lacing.

S- Caramel notes along with pine and grass. I'm almost positive there are Nugget hops in this beer.

T- Very similar to Hopback Amber, maybe a little less sweet. Mild caramel upfront followed by a piney bitterness. The finish is slightly grainy.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- A solid pale ale, reminds me of a cleaner Hopback Amber.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
Best By 4/15/14

A - Deep golden in color, the hazed beer almost has an amber hue to it. The tall head of off white foam slowly descends to a clumpy pile below the thick lace it leaves on the beer clean pint.

S - Gentle waves of citrus hops lap the shores of the nostrils with a breeze of grainy malt and hints of caramel close behind but even though it's within the date range, it smells somewhat old.

T - Fresher flavor explores the depths of the hops, wading from shallow citrus and slightly fruity notes to deeper earthy complexities, which works well with the subdued caramel sweetness and toasted bread crust finish.

M - More crisp and refreshing than the aroma lets on, Mirror Pond is as smooth as glass with a very nice level of hop bitterness along the finish.

O - The bottle might be encroaching on the final days of it's "best by" date but it's still got a little life in it. Deschutes' Mirror Pond is a smooth and easy drinking pale ale with hoppy notes but at the lower end of the spectrum, making it a nice-to-pair belly up to the bar beer.

Photo of Lemke10
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a mostly clear, amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is fairly bitter smelling for a plain pale ale. Upon tasting it is surprising the aroma is so hoppy because overall the beer is very simple tasting. While having a crisp, clean finish this beer is very easy drinking.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Portland

Dark amber with white film.
Dark toast, orange rind, and pine on the nose.
Caramel and peach sweetness with lots of candy, then resin and tangelo hops end.
Mango finish and dry linger.
Medium, chewy, round.

Candy sweet - very entry level. No IBU bite, and cloys a bit. Slight sandpaper bitterness as it warms, but just not what I’m looking for in an APA.

Photo of Tebonator39
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking at reviews of this earlier today and decided to go for it. Not sure why earlier posts mention great hops in this one. Just not feeling that. Maybe my six pack is bad but this is similar to budweiser. Very disappointed! Yep, AAL taste all the way.

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another impressive buy from my Ohio buying spree. So glad to have finally gotten to try some of Deschutes' offerings. This apa pours a beautiful reddish brown hue with very little off white head. It does retain a nice film and a very nice lacing. The nose is quite deep and malty but with a pleasant hoppy bitter bite and a little roastiness. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Almost a bit too light. I'd love a little more coating and chew to this beer. Maybe if it was unfiltered, this may be perfect. The flavor is very balanced. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and an almost funky belgian yeast flavor all play together beautifully. This is an excellent apa and just makes more excited to taste the other two Deschutes offerings I bought last week.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good pale ale that has a step up from normal.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 3,270 ratings.